The Research School of Chemistry is committed to ensure the safety of its staff, students and visitors.
For their own sakes, and in their own interests, all staff and students are required to observe the ANU Procedures and Policies and RSC safety Regulations. The ANU principles of this commitment are defined in the ANU Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy.
RSC staff and students must sign in outside business hours (Mo-Fr, 8:00-18:00) when entering the building, independent of the kind of work that is being done.
Visitors must sign in at any time and must be accompanied by RSC staff at all times unless inducted into the building to the appropriate level.
Please read the latest RSC and ANU safety alerts.
- As of 1st July 2017, the incident reporting has changed from HORUS to Figtree (TD 01/09/2018)
- Updated ANU Training Needs Matrix released Feb. 2018 (TD 01/01/2019)
- Fire Hazard From Drying Ovens (TD 20/09/2018)
- Incident Reporting System FIGTREE now accessible to students (PDF, TD 01/010/2018)
- No laboratory waste to go down the sinks (PDF, TD 01/09/2018)
- Prohibition Notice on BBQs running on LPG bottles(PDF, TD 01/10/2018)
Resources (ANU & RSC)
- Our duties at ANU (Directors, Mangers, Students, Staff, Contractors, Visitors)
- ANU Policies, procedures, and guidelines
- ANU Work Health and Safety (WHS) web page
- RSC safety regulations (PDF, 1.7 MB)
- RSC Safety induction presentation (PDF, updated 05/09/2018)
- ANU Chemical Handbook(PDF, ANU resource)
- Training/Information Document on GHS (PDF, 10.9 MB; SafeWork Australia)
- The overarching pieces of Commonwealth WHS legislation are the WHS Act 2011 and the WHS Regulations 2011.
- Codes of Practice
- Australian Standards (via ANU library; choose "Australian Standards"; ISIS/HORUS password required from outside ANU)
- Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code
RSC emergency response
- RSC First Aid Officers and facilities (list, PDF, 626 KB)
- RSC First Aid Facilities (map, PDF, 1.2 MB)
- RSC Emergency Response Team (ERT) (PDF, 0.7 MB; Jan. 2018)
- Emergency exits and external isolation points (PDF, 254 KB)
- Automatic External Defibrillators on the ANU Campus (map, PDF, 1.8 MB)
- ANU Emergency Flip Chart (PDF, 1.7 MB; Nov. 2016)
- Technical Officers (Training and Supervision) (PDF, Mar. 2018)
RSC WHS Committee
The RSC WHS Committee (formerly Advisory Committee on Safety; ACS) is composed of the RSC Director, RSC School Manager, RSC WHS Manager, and 5 Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs), elected from a variety of work areas across the RSC (e.g. academia, chemical research, biochemical research, workshops, students, postdocs, teaching). A minimum of 4 meetings are held each year, and everyone at the RSC is encouraged to raise safety related issues with the Committee.
- RSC WHS Committee members (updated 24/08/2018)
- Minutes of the Committee meetings can be found on the RSC intranet, and on the safety noticeboard in the foyer of building 137.
- The RSC WHS Committee was established in accordance with and will work under the RSC WHS Committee charter.
- ANU Training Catalogue (inlcuding WHS courses)
- HAZMAT Response Course: Held at RSC on 02/02/2017.
- ANU Training Needs Matrix 2018 (PDF, 19/02/2018)
- RSC Training Requirements (PDF, updated 16/03/2018)
Chemwatch and chemical iventory
The Chemical Management System (CMS) has been implemented at the ANU this year and includes a database for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and an inventory of chemicals stored at the RSC. For SDS viewing only: ChemWatch (please note that this link only works from any ANU internal computer or via reverse proxy).
For access outside the ANU or for access to the RSC chemical inventory, please use your u-number and HORUS/ISIS password to access ChemWatch.
Useful information and guidance material around the CMS (e.g. deleting/adding containers, stocktake, manuals).
The CMS replaced the former Chemical Inventory System (CIS). Please note that the CIS is was phased out in 2017.